New Emergency Grant for Students
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), also known as Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II) – Posted February 23, 2021
Congress recently approved the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), also known as HEERF II funds, which was signed by President Trump on 12/27/20. The emergency student grant funding is intended to meet expenses related to any component of the financial aid cost of attendance or emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus such as tuition, food, housing, health care, and childcare. MTSU has received $8,649,706 to award through CRRSAA / HEERF II funding to students. As of February 22, 2021, based on the following criteria, 16,914 students have been identified as eligible to receive an award:
- Students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Federal guidance clarifies that CRRSAA / HEERF II funds may not be distributed to international, DACA, or undocumented students. If citizenship is not verified through the FAFSA Social Security Administration / Homeland Security data base match, the student’s status is verified through the MTSU citizenship status on file and proof of being lawfully present as determined by the Eligibility Verification and Entitlement Act (EVEA) process.
- Students must be undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking students (including those seeking teacher licensure) and attending at least half-time, including all types of instruction. Credit hours related to the PC191 employee discount waiver are excluded from the calculation of at least half-time enrollment. Students assessed fees based on corporate rate are excluded from eligibility.
- Eligible undergraduate and graduate students as defined above will receive the same base award. As required under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), priority will be given to students with exceptional need. MTSU defines exceptional need as being (1) an undergraduate Federal Pell Grant recipient during Spring 2021 or (2) graduate students with completed federal financial aid files whose EFC is less than 3801 (excluding those receiving a graduate assistantship who will otherwise qualify for the base amount). Students identified with exceptional need will receive an additional amount beyond the amount of the base award.
The Bursar Office will notify eligible students through campus email. Grant amounts will vary, with a base award of $400. Students with exceptional need (as defined above) will receive $705. Beginning February 24, 2021, MTSU will begin sending direct deposit refunds to eligible students. Since direct deposit is the quickest way for students to receive a refund, the Bursar Office will notify students who have not signed up for direct deposit on how to do so. For students who choose not to sign up for direct deposit, refund checks will be mailed beginning March 12, 2021. It is very important for these students to ensure their primary mailing address is correct on PipelineMT.